555 Timer Circuit With Variable On/Off Times
Circuit diagram:555 Timer Circuit Diagram With Variable On/Off Times
Therefore the capacitor at pins 2 & 6 is charged via diode D2 and trimpot VR2 and discharged via D1 and trimpot VR1. With this arrangement you can have very long on times combined with very short off times and vice versa, or you can adjust the duty cycle to exactly 50% and so on. This circuit also employs a second 555 timer (IC2) as an inverter so that complementary pulses are available, if required. If not, delete IC2.
Author: A. Davies - Copyright: Silicon Chip Electronics